The Moderator Manual provides useful information for all moderators of Freecycle Town groups. New to moderating? Need a refresher? Check out our New Moderator Orientation page
Guidelines and policies
Everything on Freecycle.org must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages. Click here for a refresher on what is not allowed on Freecycle.
Local moderator decisions
- Beyond the basics mentioned above, moderators may set local policies on whether to allow certain types of posts. Mods may also decide whether or not to approve members, have new members on moderation, and use certain hotwords to trigger post moderation. Click here for more information.
- As a general rule, the more freedom we can give the members the better. As a moderator your job is to make sure things are free, legal, and appropriate to all ages.
Moderators are asked to send all new Town group members a welcome file with the Guidelines and Disclaimer upon joining the group. Feel free to use this Welcome File which includes the Guidelines and Disclaimer and a link to the FAQs. If you have any special local policies for your Town group beyond the ones in the required guidelines, you can add those also. Click here for information on how to automatically send a welcome notice.
Problems, solutions, and suggestions
How to get help
- Most member questions can be answered with the Member FAQs. For member problems you are unable to solve, refer them to Freecycle Help team via the big green question mark on all Freecycle.org pages.
How to use the mod tools
Instructions on using modtools are here.
Common situations encountered by moderators
Communicating with members
- Sending messages to members. There are two ways to send a message to a member:
Receiving messages from members. Members contact moderators via a link on My Towns page..These messages show up under My Messages. You should receive an email notification of new messages from members, but it's a good idea to check My Messages periodically to make sure you haven't missed anything.
- Use your personal email address. Many mod teams create a generic email address for the mod team to share.
- Use Mod Tools to send an email without revealing your personal email address. Do this from the member profile in modtools.
- If you need to send out something that you want members to reply to, for example a request for volunteers, you will need to ask members to reply using the Contact Mods link on the Town page. As an important anti-spam safeguard, never publicly display your ModTeam @mod email address or include it on notices that go out to members.
Moderator discussion groups
Promoting and building your group
Copyright and trademark information
Because The Freecycle Network at Freecycle.org is unique and amazingly successful, there are many who have and who would try to use it for personal gain and profit. For that reason:
- The Freecycle Network is incorporated as a non-profit organization.
- The Freecycle.org logo is trademark protected.
As Moderators, we have an essential role to play in protecting the Freecycle.org trademark so we don't lose it. These are the key points:
Copyright and trademark information is explained fully here.
More links and resources
- Mod Manual Page List.. Not finding what you're looking for? Search the Page List
- Glossary. We admit it, we abbreviate everything. Click here for a full glossary
- Org chart and leadership team. Most members think of The Freecycle Network as being a community resource, but it is actually a large, global organization with more than 5,200 Freecycle.org groups in over 110 countries. See the Org Chart and Leadership team for more information about the basic structure of The Freecycle Network.
- Volunteer. The Freecycle Network is always on the lookout for people who can help with all of the behind-the-scenes work that is needed to keep everything running smoothly. If you have any spare time or special skills you would like to offer, please see this link for more information.
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